*This dining experience took place in March 2018.
Breakfast at Las Ventanas
There’s nothing I enjoy more than a good brunch or breakfast at Disney World. Recently, I stopped by Las Ventanas, a table service restaurant at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort for a Sunday brunch that was quiet and relaxed. I hadn’t dined here for breakfast since 2014. So, it seemed like a good opportunity to check out the restaurant once again.
Las Ventanas is located near Pepper Market, the quick service restaurant at Coronado Springs Resort, and the convention center. However, when I arrived, the doors to the restaurant were closed. When I looked inside, the restaurant was empty. After some investigation, I discovered that the restaurant was temporarily located in Maya Grill down the hall due to a kitchen refurbishment.
I finally made my way over to Maya Grill. Having never dined here before, I was interested to see the restaurant interior. I wouldn’t say the restaurant was overly themed. But, it was bright and spacious with lots of tables.
I have to admit, the restaurant interior actually reminded me a lot of the main restaurant at the resort I stayed at when I went on vacation in Cozumel, Mexico several years ago.
One of the things I liked the most about dining here was that it was very quiet. There were only about 7 tables with guests in the entire restaurant, which made for a quiet and calm brunch experience.
The restaurants at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort are not owned and operated by the Disney Company. This means that they do not offer an allergy-friendly menu. Upon arrival, my server did note that the chef could come to my table to discuss options.
Thankfully, breakfast tends to be fairly easy gluten free and dairy free. And, the chef did let me know that I had quite a few options. They do carry allergy-friendly Mickey waffles now, along with gluten free French Toast.
I decided to stick to the basics and order the Ventanas Breakfast which came with eggs any style, Pepper Bacon (or choice of breakfast meat), scallion potatoes, and gluten free toast. All of the items on the Ventanas Breakfast were gluten free and dairy free.
Overall, I liked the breakfast entree. But I wasn’t wowed by it. The pepper bacon was by far the best part of the breakfast, as everything else was a bit bland and under-seasoned. Adding some salt and pepper helped though.
In addition to the main entree, my Ventanas Breakfast also came with allergy-friendly bread. Las Ventanas uses a brand called Hilltop Hearth which contains soy but is gluten free, dairy free, and egg free. Back in 2014 when I ordered it, I wasn’t a huge fan. But, on this visit, I liked it a lot more. It had almost a challah like taste and texture and was very soft. I also brought my own dairy free buttery spread from home. So, that may have also impacted the flavor too. Currently, Las Ventanas does not carry an dairy free butter alternatives.
When the chef told me about the allergy-friendly Mickey waffles, I asked if I could get a side of them too. He noted that they weren’t using Bob’s Red Mill or Namaste pancake & waffle mix and said he would let me know the brand. Unfortunately, he never came back to the table with the brand. And, my server kept forgetting to ask the chef again.
The allergy-friendly Mickey waffles were good, but not my favorite. I still don’t know what brand they used. But, I found them to be quite gummy inside. The outside was super crisp (almost a bit too crisp). But, the inside was definitely under-cooked. I really liked that they dusted the waffles in powdered sugar, which was a nice touch. I can’t say for sure, but the mix almost tasted like it had a bit of cinnamon in it. Definitely not my favorite version of allergy-friendly Mickey waffles. But, they weren’t bad either.
Las Ventanas served a reasonably priced and solid breakfast. However, the food itself was just OK. And, the service I had while dining there was pretty bad. But, most puzzling was the fact that he came back to the table not once, not twice, but 5 times to ask what I wanted in my order again. Thankfully, I had already given my order to the chef. But, this was not a very confidence boosting meal experience when it comes to handling special dietary needs. With this in mind, I don’t think I’d go back for a while. The meal was good but not enough for a repeat visit with so many other amazing options on Disney property. Still, if you’re staying at Coronado Springs Resort and want a table service breakfast, you’ll find a good amount of options at Las Ventanas.
Have you been to Las Ventanas? What was your experience dining there?